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As the People’s  Democratic party (PDP)  draw new, Chief Mrs Grace Aghoghovbia has said women constitute at least half of Nigeria’s population. They make important and largely unacknowledged contributions to economic life and play crucial roles in all spheres of society, “Despite Nigeria’s long history of political parties, very few Nigerian women have held political
offices either elected or appointed.

However, it is no longer fashionable to attest that the foundation upon which the People’s Democratic Party has thrived since its welcome to democracy has been the three-legged pillar which is Equity, Fairness and Progress. This template has been copied by opposition parties, all
in a bid to attain the enviable height the party has achieved since its formation in 1999. The party
has shown times and again that it is all-embracing and open to new possibilities in its aspiration
to remain arguably Africa’s largest political party. It is, for this reason, it welcomed women involvements in politics.

Aghoghovbia noted that Nigeria and especially  Delta State is in dare need of female representation  in positions of authority. “We are all aware of the success stories women have achieved within the three tiers of government. Gone are the days when passive participation of democratic dispensation, has been ticipation of women in the nation’s political parties and policy-making bodies suggests that women’s role in politics begins and ends in ‘the other room’. That Sarah Jibril stood tall amongst men of equal standing to
contest for the PDP’s primary, where she garnered as paltry as 4 votes, points to the fact that gender inclusiveness is gradually being injected into the DNA of the People’s Democratic Party.
Nevertheless, while she carried her cross alone, her small victory and writing her name in History books have emboldened other women to pick up where she left. A lesson well learn, that women need all the support they can get to achieve parity in political inclusiveness.

Recently,  Senator Dr.  Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, who is fondly called ‘Ekwueme and Road Master’,
by his admirers, has been at the forefront of promoting the goals of gender inclusiveness by
attaining the 35% affirmative action for women in elective and appointive offices. This is aside
from several women empowerment programs geared towards providing financial independence and stability for women. Remarkably, the election of 17 women as Local Government Vice-Chairmen out of 25 Local
Government Areas in Delta State is not only historic, it is unprecedented in the political history of Delta State and indeed Nigeria.

This has been made possible by his firm and visionary position as the leader who continues to insist and ensure that women are fully represented and integrated as key players in the scheme of governance and leadership in the State, Commendably, it is worthy of note that while the National Gender Policy (NGP) has formulated a 35% Affirmative Action (AA) for women in Nigeria since 2006, what Ekwueme has done in
Delta State is already 68% and has far surpassed the recommendation of the policy. ”

This achievement could only have been delivered by astute and strategic vision, firm, determined and courageous leadership, however, as we approach the 2023 elections, the question persists, should the women in our great party rest on their oars thinking they have ‘arrived’? isn’t there room to consolidate on these aforementioned successes? If so, why not make a case for a speakership position or better
still the Governorship or Deputy Governorship position? Are these goals not achievable in this
present dispensation?

Remarkably, it is worthy of note that the women of Delta state have been tried and tested politicians who have showed time and again they can run for the highest political offices.
Women such as Mrs Evelyn Ojakovo, Hon Princess Adjudua, Hon Faith Majemite, Hon Dr.Chief Eunice Okoh, Barr Mrs Taiga, Barr Benedicta Osakuni, Hon Mrs Take Ibori-Suene, the new ‘Kids on the Block’ like Chief Mrs Shimite Bello, Mrs Marilyn Okowa-Daramola, Barr. Bridget Anyafulu and a host of others, who have held the Umbrella firmly to accommodate others with proven successive track records, clearly points to the reality that they are mentally, spiritually and psychologically prepared to ‘take it to the next level’

All politics they say is local, these women have the financial war chest, as well as the grassroots credibility from their community of domicile,
for the great party, all elective positions aspired for. They havetheir constituencies on
‘lockdown’, anytime and day, the electorates and party members have faithfully followed them
all through these years. That the Governor attests to these facts, only goes a long way to show how highly esteemed they are held.
As the 2023 elections gain momentum, there is no doubt Ekwueme has achieved lots in terms of human and capital infrastructure.

“Asaba is now rapidly growing to a city worthy of it as a result of the efforts Okowa  put in to ensure that development is achieved in all sectors of the state. Nevertheless, to
whom much is given, even more, is expected. The women have stood by him through thick and thin through this successful journey. Therefore, as he begins to wind up this chapter and open a new one, the best legacy he can leave is supporting the women in producing either a governorship position, a deputy governor  or speakership position. With this, his name would echo in the hearts and memory of the people and history will be kind to him. If The role of women in deciding who ascend elective positions in the previous election is anything to go by, I think it is high time the women joined in the conversation to be elected in the top three positions of the state. Women, as we move into the week of Primaries, I want to use this opportunity to wish you
all the very best of luck,’ Aghoghovbia said.

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Ago Palace on fire as pregnant mother, two children killed





Crisis has erupted in the Ago Palace Way area of Lagos after a vehicle being chased by an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, rammed into a tricycle, killing a pregnant woman and her two children.


The tricycle operator was also killed in the accident which occurred on Tuesday morning.


Eyewitnesses alleged that one of the LASTMA officials at Okota Roundabout was trying to take over the steering of a Toyota Sienna vehicle from the driver while in motion.



It was alleged that the driver had violated traffic rules.


In the process, the vehicle lost control and rammed into a tricycle on Bayo Oyewale Street.


The pregnant woman was said to be taking her children to school when tragedy struck.


The incident sparked a protest, as an irate mob descended on the LASTMA official.



However, the timely intervention of a team of policemen saved the official from being lynched, as the officers fired tear gas cannisters to disperse the mob.


The policemen also cleared the barricade mounted on the road by the protesters, as they whisked the LASTMA official away.

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•Details Of The 2-Day Event


It was a life well spent for late Princess Karina Namikpoh who passed on at the age of 68 a few weeks back. A grand burial was staged for her by her children led by the only son, Ebuwa Martins along with his elder sister, Madam Blessing E. Agbonwaneten all together gave mama a befitting burial.
It was a collage of top celebrities from the entertainment industry and socialites who stormed the wake keep, funeral service and grand reception in honor of late Princess Karina. Ebuwa Martins pulled a big one as many important personalities honored him by giving his mum a grand burial. The burial rites started with a wake-keep service at The Azny Place, Louise Drive, New GRA Port Harcourt, Rivers State while the funeral service took place at The church followed by a grand reception which was held at The Palacio Events center, Woji Road, Phase 2 Port Harcourt.
On the band to thrill guests was the popular Groove Guys, alongside with one of Port Harcourt finest Dj DSA. While many professional vendors were in charge of the surplus foods and expensive drinks. SOCIETY REPORTERS captured how the party went.



For Mama when she was alive, she enjoyed the fruits of her labor. She was described as a caring and compassionate woman who looked after her children. She was a woman with a large heart who embraced everyone she came across. She was known to be a giver and no wonder, many testified to her generous nature. She died fulfilled shortly after she turned 68.



Mama’s popular son, Ebuwa Martins, who is also mama’s only son, was up and about at the event. He was seen mostly around all the tables making sure every guest at the party was well catered for. He was indeed the perfect host who shouldered the Mama’s boy mantle for his sister and made sure everyone was fine. He was seen decked in a beautiful blue color complete buba and sokoto for the reception proper. He is well-loved by all and no wonder many celebrities, and many of his class mates (IMMACULATE CONCEPTION COLLEGE OLD BOYS ASSOCIATION ) all came out to celebrate with him as he buried his mum.



If you are close to Ebuwa, you will notice he does not joke with his mum. He loved his mum dearly and was always in close communication with her most time. Though Ebuwa was not by her side when she passed on, but he was one of the last to speak with her before she passed on. And in his amazing tribute, he eulogized his late mum who instilled many life lessons in him. While giving the vote of thanks at the wake keeping he said, “Tribute to my Dearest Mother* That you are no longer with us is yet to fully dawn on me. It was indeed a great privilege and honour to have such an alluring, enchanting and assiduous woman as my mother. You woke up early in the morning to pray for me after not sleeping all night due to prayers and praise worships. We talked on the phone almost everyday; We gisted about your joys: past, present, and the future.

Mummy, you were truly One in a million. You were a strong woman, a caring and generous mother. A warm and God-fearing woman. Your caring nature was displayed in the way you would call to check up on us when you had not heard from my sister or myself in a while. Certainly, I will miss the manner you called to check on me. You made it a point of duty to call and pray for each and every one every first day of the month. My mother was a very warm, compassionate and vibrant woman, who always went out of her way to help others. You were always willing to give so much of yours to others and I have tried to emulate that act of generosity myself.
The emotional Ebuwa Martins also talk about how he procrastinated to have seen his mum before she passed on, In his words; ” I am sorry for procrastinating many times to come and see you mummy, I will always postpone seeing you to another time in as much as we talk often but it is so unfortunate that my visit was to see your corpse.”
Speaking further he admitted that his late mum lived a very good life and will never be forgotten in a hurry. “You lived a good life and we will not forget you in a hurry”.
Children learn different things, either positive or negative, from their parents. However, the lesson learnt from Mama’s life has been a tremendous blessing for me. My mother impacted my life in such a way that words are inadequate to describe my feelings. Certainly, you cared so much for your children, grandchildren and for those who are not yours, especially your tenants. Mother was virtuous, elegant, circumspect, and intelligent. Now that you have transited, rest in paradise, my adorable mother, as you join the band of celestial angels. Enjoy your deserved peace with the Lord, and may your kind-hearted soul continue to rest in the bosom of the Lord Jesus Christ.



To give Mama a befitting burial was also Ebuwa Martins’s sister who also supported him from beginning to the end. She stood out and made sure the programme went as planned. Mama was survived by two successful children. Mama’s only son is Ebuwa Martins, a top Lagos businessman and CEO of Tingo Mobile a fintech company, and his elder sister Madam Blessing E. Agbonwaneten, they all looked good for the event.



It will be surprising not to see celebrities from the entertainment industry at the event because Ebuwa Martins shared a very robust relationship with the industry cutting across music and Nollywood sector. In fact many people always see him as an entertainer and this is also very obvious because of his support for the entertainment industry in diverse ways..
They have a business relationship and also storm social events together, they are always like 5 and 6. It was payback time for Ebuwa MArtins as the Nollywood’s finest stood solidly behind him, and for many hours, dined and wined before they took their leave. They were seated at the front table.
Among those who graced the event was the President of Actors Guild Of Nigeria, Sir Emeka Rollas (MON), Sir Victor Osuagwu, Steve Eboh, Tony Nnaji, Ify Eze, Kelvin Uvoh..
Others are; Segun Arinze, Collins Ejike, Sarah Sweet, Chioma Emenike, Tracy Edwin, Dera Content amongst many others.



For Bashorun Dele Momodu, society is his life, he is very popular within the social milieu and also very well connected. He pulled a big one at the party as he flew into Port Harcourt at the early hours of the day. Give it to the impresario himself, hardly will you see any A-class gathering that Bashorun Dele Momodu does not fit in. He is very relevant. He also shares a very close brotherly friendship with Ebuwa Martins. He was one of the first callers at the event.



Highly and fully represented were the popular Immaculate conception college old boys association Benin city. They outdid themselves at the party. They were over 30 in number who all came to honor one of their own. They were conspicuously seen everywhere around the hall. making sure Ebuwa Martins had a hitch-free event. Some of those in attendance were: Mr Edafe Erhie (Vice President), Mr Bruno Sobotie , Mr Osagie Agbonwaneten, Mr Sunny Obazee, Mr Nedo Osayande, Mr Ralph Obasogie, Mr Tommy Ebohon,  Mr Oghenekevwe Roland Okpe (Welfare Officer), Mr Tony Udoroh, Mr Osahon Osawaru (PRO), Mr Ogbebor Osahon Dally (Fin Sec), Mr Onaiwu Thomas Eghobamien, Mr Efosa Egieoze ( Sec), Barrister Patrick Okonjo, Barrister Alfred Iduhon.
Others are; Mr  Ejiro Roland, Mr Clifford Eruotor, Arc Aimanesi Omokpo, Mr Olaniyi Olufemi, Barrister Rogers Omodia, Mr Abdul Segun Benjamin, Mr Osagie Egbon. Mr Edwin Obasogie (FCA), Mr Job Eromosele, Mr Ogaga Obiebi, Prescious Osazuwa.



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Lagos State is set to experience a unique Shopping Festival that will be a fusion of commerce and entertainment that will stamp her destination proposition as a premium destination for business and leisure in December.


The Honourable Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka disclosed this during the visit of a delegation from the organisers of the planned Lagos Shopping Festival to the Ministry on Tuesday, adding that she is excited and anticipatory of the good development.


The Commissioner declared that the Lagos Festival is an idea whose time has come and that the State Government, through the Ministry, is excited about it and will collaborate with the organisers to bring it to fruition


Earlier, the Managing Director of Chain Reactions Africa and leader of the delegation, Mr. Israel Jaiye Opayemi said the team is on a working visit to the Ministry to finalise discussions on the plan for the first of its kind Shopping Festival in Nigeria to be held between the 8th and 15th December in Lagos State. Opayemi said, the idea of the Lagos Shopping Festival is to put the City in the league of other global cities such as Dubai, Istanbul and others with Shopping Festivals attracting thousands of tourists yearly. According to him, the Lagos Shopping Festival is not just targeted at bringing tourists to Lagos to shop but to experience the slice of entertainment we serve the world.


According to Opayemi, the idea is to keep Lagos open for business, entertainment and tourism for 24 hours and seven days. He further promised that, Lagos City will be awake for entertainment and commerce which is expected to boost employment and spike economic growth in the State as over 1000 offline merchants and over 5,000 online merchants will participate in the shopping festival. The targeted audience includes international and local tourists, luxury brands, designer brands and MSMES.


“The Festival is billed to be held in different venues across the State such as Eko Atlantic, TBS, Ikeja City Mall, Palms Shopping Mall and Festival Mall amongst others simultaneously for seven days non-stop. Lagos will be awake 24/7, there will also be musical performances by a number of A-list Nigerian Artistes, a Gaming Arena, Children’s Arcade and a Luxury Pavilion where luxury brands will be on sale at the festival.


Opayemi also informed that other attractions during the week-long programme will include a celebrity auction, street parties, fashion shows, fireworks, food showcase and cultural parades by the different local governments and film shows.





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